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US Customs details over 1,000 gang arrests in deportation program

[JURIST] The Immigration and Customs Enforcement [official website] division of the US Department of Homeland Security has announced over 1,000 gang-related arrests [press release] so far this year, including 582 in just the past two weeks [AP report]. DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff gave details of Operation Community Shield [transcript] at a press conference Monday. The program was designed to use immigration laws rather than criminal statutes as a way to target and deport gang members. Chertoff said over 900 of those arrested face deportation. The Washington Post has more.

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